Syndicate Room (Revisited)
Syndicate room, the Sandringham cafe making waves with its taro inspired brunch dishes, is now offering dinner too, Wednesday through Saturday.
Food: Chicken Breast, Gnocchi, Apple Crumble
We headed back to Syndicate Room on a Friday night to try out their newly launched dinner menu. The venue had a nice vibe with lively music and soft lighting. It was a little cool at first but soon warms up once the heater kicks in. Being new opening times for these guys, it was very quiet when we visited, but it’s only a small venue, so a couple more tables of people would have made all of the difference to give it a little more energy.
They have a great menu that offers good value – the most expensive main being only $25. While it’s not extensive, as usual these guys aren’t making life easier for themselves with the variety of cuisines on offer. It all sounded good but the gnocchi nudged it for me (slightly ahead of the Uncle BOB – a pork belly and rice bowl), and M.B. after being a bit burgered out that day, went for the feta stuffed chicken breast.
Mains came in good time and looked great! My brisket melted in my mouth and the gnocchi was soft and pillowy. What I really loved about this dish was that, while it was packed with flavour, it was such a light dish and didn’t become too rich or overwhelming as I often find red meat dishes such as this can.
The chicken breast was juicy and well cooked. The stuffing had lots of flavour and was nicely balanced with the creamy sweet potato mash and cripsy asparagus. While the feta is a little indulgent, it overall felt like a clean, healthy meal – which is always a bonus.
For dessert we shared the apple crumble – which was more of a deconstructed variety than your traditional apple crumble. It wasn’t an overly sweet dessert, with slightly sour apples, crushed pistachios and almond crumble – prepare yourself for something a little different that your usual apple crumble dish and you’ll really enjoy this one. For us, it was a good little dessert that just needed a scoop more ice cream to really finish it off.
I love that these guys have gone into dinner with the same attitude they went into brunch with – determined to push the boat out a little and try new things and they’ve started out with some great little dishes. Ideally located minutes from Southland, it would be my choice for dinner after an afternoon of shopping!
Address: 1/254 Bay Road, Sandringham
Mon 6:45am to 5pm
Tue 6:45am to 5pm
Wed 6:45am to 9pm
Thu 6:45am to 9pm
Fri 6:45am to 9pm
Sat 7:30am to 9pm
Sun 7:30am to 4pm
Parking: There are a few parking spaces out front, but it’s a mostly industrial area, with a few shops so there is plenty of street parking nearby.
Getting here on PT: It’s probably one that’s best visited by car. It’s on the 822 bus route though, and about a 30 minute walk from Southland.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Syndicate Room, Sandringham. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting